61 Red Flowers You Can Plant in Your Garden or Around Your Home

Are you looking to brighten up your yard with some red flowers, but aren't sure which flowers will be the best for your home or garden space? In this artlcle, we look at 61 of our favorite options to add some additional color that will match just about every season!

Red Flowers

Your garden is your happy place. And one of the most popular flower colors to have in your garden is red. This is the color of love, passion, and excitement! This is a highly attractive color that will catch the attention of anyone who may be in or around your garden. While you may have red flowers in your garden now, there are likely many you’ve never heard of before!

Intense, scarlet blooms are a great option for almost any garden. Whether you include them in little bursts throughout the foliage or have an abundance of them all throughout, they’re bound to make a great, lasting impression.

In this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about our favorite red flowers for your home or garden. These will all vary in form and shade, so you have a lot of variety to choose from to make every corner of your garden special. Throughout this guide, we will give you a short introduction to each of these flowers, plus some tips on how to best care for them. Let’s take a closer look!

Alstroemeria 

Alstroemeria
Another name commonly used for the alstroemeria is the Peruvian Lily.

Scientific name: Alstroemeria  

The first flower on our list is the lovely and exotic Alstroemeria. This plant blooms a conoidal flower of bright red-orange colors with a golden throat and deep burgundy streaks. It is very lily-like in appearance and thus also goes by the name of Peruvian Lily. Alstroemerias are known to be quite hardy and vigorous in nature. It produces numerous flowers and grows from late spring to late summer as a full and bushy 16 to 20-inch clump in height and 20 to 24 inches in width.  

Alstroemerias flourish best in moist, well-drained, and very fertile soil under either the full sun or slightly, partial shade. As it is reliable and easy to grow, it makes for great flowers for casual gardeners as it also requires very little effort to maintain. Without winter protection, alstroemerias can grow in USDA zones 8 through 10 with an ideal soil pH level of 6 to 7. 

Amaranthus 

Amaranthus
The long rope-like strings of blossoms are a unique way to add red to your garden.

Scientific name: Amaranthus  

Native to India, Africa, and Peru, the wonderfully exotic amaranthus is a flower of unusual appearance as it grows long, tassel-like cords of floret clusters that bloom a crimson red in the summer and fall.

The blossoms are especially striking against its oval, light green leaves making them an ideal staple piece in any summer garden. It is also a dramatic, imposing garden feature as it can stand anywhere from 36 to 96 inches in height and 12 to 36 inches in width.  

While it can become drought tolerant, amaranthus must first thrive and be established under the full sun in fertile soil that is rich with humus, well-drained, and moist. It will also need a bit of maintenance as it easily propagates and must be cut back after flowering. It can grow in USDA zones of 2 to 11 with alkaline, acid, or neutral soil pH.  

Amaryllis 

Amaryllis
The large petals of the amaryllis make them a popular option for adding red to any garden.

Scientific name: Amaryllis 

Red amaryllises will be quite a statement piece for any garden as their features are simply regal and stunning. It is a large, velvety flower with a rich, blood-red color adorned by a lovely sheen around its throat.

Amaryllis are quite popular as it is an amazing beauty that is incredibly easy to cultivate and nearly foolproof to grow. From one bulb, this plant rises elegantly to around 20 inches and will produce 2 to 3 stems which will then produce 5 to 6 flowers per stem. It should be noted that the flowers don’t all bloom at the same time and instead they flower over a fairly long period of time.    

Seemingly, the only downside to this beautiful flower is the illness it can cause should the plant be consumed. Otherwise, it can thrive in USDA zones 8 to 11 and can even grow in soils with chalk, clay, loam, or sand.  

Anemone 

Anemone Coronaria
These bright and brilliant blooms make for a show in your flower bed.

Scientific name: Anemone 

Although the flower is not the same as the sea anemone referenced in that ubiquitous fish joke, the anemone coronaria is still quite cheerful in appearance. Red anemones are double flowers with curved, poppy-like petals that spread out from a dark button center.

Despite not being a very long-lived flower, anemones are still very popular due to their bright and appealing appearance which can be easily cultivated and does not need much effort to grow. These flowers absolutely love the sun and can thrive very well in sandy, well-drained soil with a moderate amount of moisture.  

Anemones are perfect for beds and borders or for rock gardens, and they also make for a wonderful display in a flower vase. These flowers are very sensitive to the cold and thus only bloom around mid to late spring. However, they propagate quite well, as they attract quite a bit of attention from butterflies. It is recommended for the small corms of the anemone to be soaked in water for several hours before they are planted. They grow to be around 8 to 12 inches tall in USDA zones 7 through 10. 

Anthurium 

Anthurium
You can find this red color bloom from the anthurium all year round.

Scientific name: Anthurium andraeanum  

Showing off their natural hue, the anthurium is also appropriately called the flamingo flower as it has a pale rosy coloring that slowly turns into bright, waxy red as it grows. The flower has a heart-shaped spathe with a spadix that is usually white or cream-colored but can also be a vibrant, bright yellow. The entire flower attractively shines as if coated in lacquer or varnish and grows to a boasting height of 12 to 18 inches and 10 to 12 inches in width.  

If kept in optimal conditions, the anthurium is a long-lived flower that can bloom year-round. One plant can be expected to bloom 4 to 6 flowers a year once it is planted indoors in a container with a soil mixture that contains peat and other organic matter such as compost or ground bark that will help keep the soil rich and well-drained. Anthuriums also need filtered lighting, consistent moisture, and to be kept at a constant temperature of 16 degrees celsius with especially high humidity in the summer. They thrive in USDA zones 11 through 12.    

Armeria 

Armeria
Ballerina Red is another name for these spherical blooms.

Scientific name: Armeria maritima 

Armeria comes in a shade of red and is also associated with the name “Ballerina Red.” It blooms as a large sphere made of numerous, densely compact florets. It is known to transform gardens with its excellent and charming appearance and propensity to bloom in mid to late spring, and sporadically blossom again in the summer and fall.

This lovely flower can be easily cultivated even in dry, infertile soil with only the noticeable difference of leaves falling outwards leaving an open center if planted in richer soils. Both a partial or full sun can nourish the armeria and it becomes quite drought resistant once it is established.  

Armeria can reach both a height and width of 8 to 10 inches and needs a spacing of about 10 to 15 inches from other flowers. It produces several blooms per bush and can produce another flush of flowers through deadheading. It flourishes in USDA and heat zones 6 to 7.  

Aster 

Red Aster
These daisy-like flowers come in an array of colors, including ruby red.

Scientific name: Aster 

Another stunningly vibrant flower is the aster. It also goes by the name Royal Ruby as it blooms rich, mulberry-red petals with a deeper red gradient around its bright yellow-gold center.

Native to North America, the aster blooms from late summer to early fall and adds a cheerful ambiance to any garden with its eye-catching appearance. It is a must-have for garden owners seeking to attract lots of birds and butterflies, as an aster’s sweet nectar is highly enjoyed by such creatures. 

Asters are long-lived and grow quite easily under the full sun or partial sun. They enjoy well-drained soil with an average amount of moisture and need good air circulation to avoid being susceptible to powdery mildew. It grows to be an upright, bushy display reaching a height of 18 to 20 inches and a width of 12 to 18 inches. It is also quite hardy and can thrive in USDA zones 4 to 8. 

Azalea 

Azalea
The Flame Azalea is another name for this vibrant flower.

Scientific name: Rhododendron 

Also called the Flame Azalea, the full spectrum of fiery colors ranging from a glowing golden-yellow to a burning red with brilliant orange blotches can appear in a single flower. Its buds highly resemble small candle flames and continue to grow as a stunning, loosely round blossom until it finally fully blooms as an elegant, blazing star-shaped flower.

Although these flowers are poisonous to humans, they are especially enjoyed by numerous birds, including hummingbirds, and are a highly recommended flower for butterfly gardens.  

Azaleas thrive in full or partial sun and more easily grow in acidic, well-drained soil with a lot of humus. It also needs a layer of mulch such as leaf mould above the soil to keep it cool and help retain moisture and control weeds. The plant grows to be an upright, spreading shrub with a similar height and width of 48 to 96 inches. It is ideal to plant them in USDA zones 5 to 8 in the spring, summer, or fall.  

Begonia 

Begonia
Scarlet begonias are a low-maintenance option to add red to your yard or garden.

Scientific name: Begonia

The begonia is a persistent bloomer that produces an assortment of large and impressive blossoms. Begonias resemble carnations quite closely. They are stunning, with the notable difference of more crimped edges of the very ruffled and strikingly scarlet-red flower petals.

These lay stark against the foliage of their deep green and waxy leaves. It is quite easy to grow especially in fertile, well-drained soil with either a slight acidity or neutral pH level under some shade from the sun.   

Begonias can thrive in low-maintenance gardens as they are deer and rabbit resistant. They grow to be 12 to 14 inches tall and spread around 12 to 16 inches wide without much effort. However, these flowers do not do well against strong winds, cooler temperatures, or frost. They require proper air circulation and to be dug up and stored away in a dry place over the winter. It is preferable to plant them in USDA zones 9 through 11.  

Bergamot 

Bergamot Cherry Pops
Because they add a pop of red, these flowers are nicknamed Cherry Pops.

Scientific name: Monarda 

Bergamots are showy, clump-forming perennials that grow popping, cherry-red flowers with densely compacted, almost disk-shaped terminal heads. Thus, this particular bergamot also goes by the name of “Cherry Pops.”

The plant and its flowers could be decorative, accent pieces that are suitable as informal flower borders in small, summer gardens and propagate quite easily as they attract many beneficial pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds while being resistant to both deer and rabbits at the same time.   

Bergamot enjoys either partial shade or full sun. They are happiest in well-drained, moderately fertile, and moist soil rich with humus. This is provided that it is properly aerated to protect from powdery mildew. Bergamot can grow to be clumps of upright stems 20 inches in height and about 26 inches in width.

Deadheading the spent flowers encourages new blooms and can make for excellent cut flowers too. Bergamots are moderately hardy and can best thrive in USDA zones 4 to 8.   

Bergenia 

Bergenia Evening Bells
Bergenia flowers are bell-shaped, earning them the nickname Evening Bells.

Scientific name: Abendglocken bergenia  

Bergenia, or evening bells, is a splendid winter plant that grows upright, clusters of bell-shaped, rosy-red flower heads. They bloom from a stout, deep burgundy-red stem base that is wrinkled and leathery in appearance. While it can tolerate almost any soil condition, it best enjoys average, moderately moist, well-drained soil that is humus-rich. It also thrives under full or partial sun, or even heavily shaded areas, so long as the conditions are never too hot or too dry.  

Bergenia are very low maintenance and propagate by division or root rhizomes sectioned in the spring or fall. They are also ideal for city or coastal gardens as they are virtually disease-free and make for effective ground cover along paths and walkways. They are stunning when planted in masses.  In USDA zones 4 to 8, bergenias can grow to be as tall as they are wide, which is around 12 to 18 inches.  

Bleeding Heart  

Bleeding Hearts
These gorgeous flowers are heart-shaped showstoppers that are a great addition to any garden.

Scientific name: Dicentra spectabilis 

The bleeding heart, or “Valentine,” is almost magical in appearance. It is a perennial that produces dozens of flower stems that arch gracefully and from each stem dangles several heart-shaped flowers that are dyed a rich scarlet-red with protruding white petals. They flower over the course of 4 to 6 weeks in the late spring to early summer. However, they tend to decrease and diminish entirely by mid-summer, although their green foliage is left behind in a dormant state. 

Bleeding hearts can vigorously grow to a height of 30 inches and spread over a similarly wide area. They perform best in soils that are rich with humus and have been fertilized. It is also good for the soil to be well-drained, but bleeding hearts can also tolerate poor drainage.

It also tolerates shaded areas but can be grown under the full sun so long as the soil is consistently moist. They thrive in USDA zones 3 to 9. Beware though, as bleeding hearts are known to cause severe discomfort if ingested. 

Calla Lily 

Red Calla Lilies
Calla Lilies are easy to maintain in a garden or in a container.

Scientific name: Zantedeschia aethiopica 

Native to South Africa, calla lilies would make a bold and cheerful display in gardens throughout the summer and the fall. These plants have a very interesting appearance with their trumpet-shaped flowers that start out with a glowing golden-yellow hue. It matures into a fiery orangish-red with some yellow speckling across its throat, which has a yellow stick-like stalk in its center. They come in a wide variety of different colors, including a deep black flower.

Canna Lillies grow to be sturdy and elegant with a height of about 14 to 18 inches and a width of 12 to 24 inches. They are a favorite wedding flower and will be an interesting choice for most any bouquet, given their elegant form. 

These flowers do not need much effort or maintenance to thrive, making them a good choice for beginner gardeners. They best enjoy moist and well-drained soil under either the full sun or some partial shade. Calla lilies are deer and rabbit resistant, but also not entirely friendly to humans, as their sap may cause irritation to skin and eyes. It will also cause severe discomfort if ingested. They thrive in USDA zones 8 to 10.  

Callistemon 

Callistemon Flower
These flowers go by the name Crimson Bottlebrush for their bottlebrush appearance.

Scientific name: Callistemon 

Also going by the name “Crimson Bottlebrush,” callistemons are sweet-smelling, eye-catching plants that attract many birds and butterflies as they produce a copious amount of nectar. Their leaves also have a lemony scent when crushed. They propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings. This plant is an evergreen shrub that grows spiky flowers with brush-like thistles as petals that bloom a bright, crimson color.    

Callistemons thrive in moist and acidic soil that has been well-drained with regular irrigation in the full sun or in lightly shaded areas. They are virtually pest-free with the exceptions of spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects when kept and grown in a glasshouse. In their native habitat of Australia, these plants can grow to be as tall as trees with a height of about 25 feet and can be anywhere from 3 to 22 feet wide! Callistemon can grow quite well in USDA zones 10 to 11.  

Camellia 

Camellia Flowers on a Bush
The bright and colorful blooms of the camellia last all year long.

Scientific name: Camellia japonica 

The favored camellias are very distinguished flowers that come in a wide array of forms and colors as they have more than 30,000 cultivars. Red camellias in particular are large and more densely compacted towards the center.

These semi-double blooms come in a deep red color with golden stamens popping out of their delicately ruffled petals. They flower over the course of several months in such profusion that, come springtime, they make for a dramatic, glorious, and lustrous garden display that can last to wintertime. 

Camellias enjoy acidic, organically rich soil that is well-drained and retains a medium amount of moisture. They are not exactly lovers of the sun and will prefer to be under either partial or full shade. While camellias are a very low maintenance flower, they do need to be protected against direct sunlight and a number of insects such as vine weevils, aphids, and scale insects. They grow to be as tall and wide as 6 to 8 feet in USDA zones 7 to 9.   

Canna 

Red Canna Flower
The tropical canna flower comes in red, as well as some other colors.

Scientific name: Canna 

The canna, also called the “Ambassador,” has a quite fittingly prominent appearance. It can reach heights of 5 to 6 feet and spread to a width of 18 to 24 inches. It produces large, spectacular flowers that are similar to irises in appearance. Its foliage comes in a rich emerald green that blooms robust, velvety flowers that come in an array of colors. This includes a fiery, deep red. Cannas are very colorful and refreshing, making them right at home in a tropical garden.  

Cannas are very easy to grow and do not require a lot of maintenance. While they can thrive in almost any soil condition, they perform best under the full sun and in soil that is organically rich, well-drained, and moist.

Pests largely leave the canna alone, but an eye must be kept out on slugs, snails, Japanese beetles, and caterpillars as these insects tend to do heavy damage to the foliage. It should also be noted that cannas do not hold up well against frost and are only really hardy in USDA zones 8 to 11.  

Cardinal Flower 

Cardinal Flower
These bright and beautiful cardinal flowers attract pollinators to gardens.

Scientific name: Lobelia cardinalis 

The Queen Victoria or, as it is more commonly known, the cardinal flower is a perennial that produces a profusion of flower spikes that bloom densely-compacted, two-lipped florets that come in a fiery, scarlet-red color. It is an award-winning plant that, while not long-lived, propagates by self-seeding in the right conditions. They love soil that is organically rich, with lots of consistent moisture. Plant them under the full sun, or in partial shade in especially hot weather.  

Cardinal flowers can grow to a height of 3 to 4 feet and a width of 1 to 2 feet. They are perfect for summer gardens and wild gardens as they attract a lot of beneficial pollinators such as hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. Still, they are resistant to deer and rabbits. These flowers are especially hardy and also known to thrive even against drought and poor drainage, but are best planted in USDA zones 3 to 9.   

Carnation 

Carnation
These are some of the most popular flowers around the globe.

Scientific name: Dianthus caryophyllus 

Carnations are a favorite for many all over the world. They are given as gifts throughout the year, though they are chosen often for Mother’s Day presents or wedding bouquets. With their romantic, ruffled petals and wide range of colors, carnations are a great addition to any garden.

They grow in gorgeous shades of red and will be a delight both in beds or as cut flowers. Carnations grow anywhere from 12 to 18 inches when mature and are a great choice to add drama and color to bleaker spaces in your garden. They are fairly easy to grow. 

Carnations love the full sun and will flower most proficiently when given lots of sunshine. However, they will also be fine in partial shade, especially if the spot you originally planned for has bright, afternoon sun. Morning sunlight is best for these flowers.

Alkaline soils are best for the discerning carnation; be sure that it is well-drained to prevent rot. Water your carnations regularly through the spring, and a bit more in the summertime. When well-established, carnations can be relatively resistant to drought. Carnations grow best in USDA zones 7 through 10. 

Chrysanthemum 

Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemums, or mums for short, are a fall flower favorite.

Scientific name: Chrysanthemum 

Also going by the name “Jolly Cheryl,” the chrysanthemum has a cheerful and warm appearance. It is a double flower that has a profusion of juicy, gradient red petals that darken and clump more densely towards the center. It’s a staple piece for any fall garden as it blooms from mid to late fall. They are a favorite in flower arrangements and will look great as cut flowers for basically any application. 

Chrysanthemums are perennials that grow as a bushy, compacted mound that reaches a height and width of about 12 to 24 inches. They are quite easy to grow and require only an average amount of effort to thrive. These flowers enjoy and perform best under the full sun in well-drained soil that’s been fertilized with organic matter. Using your compost with them is a good idea! They must be constantly watered, and sheltered against strong winds. Chrysanthemums grow quite well in USDA zones 7 to 9.  

Cockscomb 

Cockscomb
The radiant red of the cockscomb pairs well with the unique texture it comes in.

Scientific name: Celosia 

Cockscomb receives their name for bearing a resemblance to a rooster’s comb. These velvety, large flowers with their unique shape come in an assortment of colors, including that bright red from their animal’s namesake. They are an annual perennial that makes a perfect addition to wreaths and other flower arrangements once cut and dried. They’re certainly a very interesting shape to have in your garden, and are worth planting for their uniqueness alone! 

The cockscomb performs best in areas under the full sun. They are partial to moist soil with a neutral or slightly acidic pH quality. It also helps to have the soil fertilized with compost. The soil must be kept well-drained to avoid fungal diseases or rotting. Cockscomb is rather low maintenance and becomes drought and heat resistant once established.

These flowers are ideal for scenic gardens as they attract many beneficial wildlife such as butterflies, hummingbirds, and other songbirds. In USDA zones 9 to 12, cockscombs propagate by seed and grow to a height and width of 12 inches.   

Columbine 

Red Columbine Flower
These drooping bell flowers bring a shade of red to any outdoor space.

Scientific name: Aquilegia 

The columbine’s scientific name aquilegia comes from the Latin “aquila” which means “eagle.” This is in reference to the flowers’ appearance of an eagle’s talons. Columbines are very beautiful and showy plants with drooping bell-like flowers. They can come in a bright red with shades of soft yellow in the mix. Their tubular shape, combined with their spurs that secrete sweet nectar, make them especially attractive to long-tongued pollinators such as hummingbirds and butterflies.   

Though they are short-lived flowers, columbines are known to rapidly self-propagate for years once established. They grow as an upright, bushy clump to a height of 18 to 38 inches, spreading to a width of 8 to 18 inches. These flowers perform well under the full sun or in partial shade. They enjoy rich soil with constant amounts of moisture; columbines do not take well to drought. In USDA zones 3 to 9, they are right at home in cottage or rain gardens.   

Coneflower 

Red Coneflower
Another flower attractive to pollinators is the coneflower.

Scientific name: Echinacea 

The red coneflower, also called the Firebird, is a flower one can easily imagine flying through the air with its shuttlecock-shaped body. Its large, drooping petals are feathery in shape and come in fiery orange-red color In contrast, its jutting center is made up of densely compacted stigmas that make the shape of a very prominent, dark red-colored corkhead.

Coneflowers are quite eye-catching. They are herbaceous perennials that vigorously bloom through the entirety of summer. They are the perfect flowers to showcase in wildflower gardens and make for terrific cut and dried flowers.  

Coneflowers grow in clumps to be around 2 to 3 feet in height. They are easy to care for in well-drained soil that is either dry or retains medium amounts of moisture. Keep them under full sun or in partial shade. The soil should also be a bit infertile as overly fertile soil can cause the coneflowers to become somewhat leggy. Coneflowers have been cultivated to be quite hardy and can thrive in USDA zones 4-10. 

Cosmos 

Cosmos Flower
These flowers add a pop of color and are easy to grow and maintain.

Scientific name: Cosmos 

Native to Mexico, the cosmos is also called the Rubenza in reference to its small, ruby-red flowers that are quite hardy– just like the gemstone! They bloom throughout the entirety of summertime and last for a long time throughout the fall. Cosmos have a fresh, sunny look and would make for a great display either in containers, flower beds, or as borders to a cottage or summer garden.  

Cosmos is very charming to both humans and pollinators alike. It’s worth noting that while they are generally resistant to pests, you should still watch out for slugs and aphids. Cosmos perform best under the full sun in soil that is kept well-drained with average amounts of moisture.

Cutting away dead blossoms will encourage this plant to keep blooming and last longer. In USDA zones 2 to 11, cosmos can self propagate by self-seeding and are known to grow to be about 20 inches in height and 30 inches in width.     

Dahlia 

Red Dahlias
The stunning dahlia does beautifully in a garden or in a vase in the home.

Scientific name: Dahlia 

Dahlias are gorgeous flowers that bloom in a myriad of colors, including shades of red. They have many layers of luxurious petals and will be great in virtually any garden you plant them in. They are great as late-season bloomers and will give you lots of color and interest from midsummer up until the first frost of the year. Dahlias are a favorite in flower arrangements and will make fantastic cut flowers, perfect for brightening up the home in the colder months of the year. 

You’ll be glad to know that dahlias are easy to grow and are a good choice for even novice gardeners. One would think otherwise given that the blooms are so rewarding! Give your dahlias full sun; at least 6 to 8 hours will be good for this plant, as this produces the most flowers at the best quality.

Dahlias also love rich, loamy soil that has good drainage. Give them compost and fertilizer to really amp up the blooms. Water your dahlias once or twice every week once they are well-established. Dahlias can grow anywhere from 1 to 6 feet tall. They need protection in USDA zone 7 but will grow nicely from zones 8 through 10. 

Daylily 

Red Daylily
You will only see these red blooms for a day or two at a time as they only last that long, hence the name daylily.

Scientific name: Hemerocallis 

Daylilies are absolutely stunning plants that grow as perennials without much effort at all. Their vibrant colors add lots of visual interest to any garden and come in a variety of hues, including red. They are great for novice gardeners as they require very little care. They bloom from 24 to 36 hours per flower but will self-seed and give you lots of dramatic blossoms to enjoy. Daylilies bloom from spring to late summer. 

Give your daylilies lots of sunlight. They thrive in the full sun and need at least 6 to 8 hours of it daily to really grow their best. If you live somewhere that is very hot, give them partial shade to protect them from burning.

As for soil, you’ll be glad to know that the daylily is very adaptable to many different kinds of soil. However, it is still worth noting that their favorite is rich, fertile, loamy soil that is slightly acidic. Water them regularly while they are growing; once established, water them only when the heat has sufficiently dried out the soil. Daylilies thrive best in USDA zones 3 through 10. 

Dianthus 

Red Dianthus
The blooms of the dianthus plant come in a wide array of bright colors, including red.

Scientific name: Dianthus 

Dianthus is a sweet, charming flower that will look great in less formal beds. They come in an array of colors, including red; try planting different colors of dianthus for a real show-stopper! Dianthus is easy to grow and can thrive in many different conditions that would otherwise be inhospitable. They are a great flower for beginner gardeners as well as more seasoned gardeners who enjoy their delicate blooms. They grow anywhere from 6 to 36 inches tall and spread around 6 to 24 inches wide. 

Dianthus loves the sun; give them a place in your garden that gets at least 6 hours of full sun every day. This will ensure the best vibrancy and greater amounts of flowers. Be sure that the soil you give your dianthus plants is well-drained; this prevents rot and other problems. They prefer soil that has a neutral to slightly alkaline pH. Water your dianthus weekly; they don’t need much in the way of fertilizer. Dianthus grows well in USDA zones 3 through 9. 

Freesia 

Freesia Flower
These pretty flowers come in a lovely shade of red and have a sweet aroma.

Scientific name: Freesia 

Freesias are a favorite wedding flower, beloved for their sweet scent and delicate colors. But did you know that these flowers also come in stunning shades of red? Some people even think that red freesias have the strongest fragrance, so they’re sure to bring delight and an extra sensory touch to your garden. You may have to stake freesias to prevent them from falling over. They only grow 1 to 2 feet tall, but the extra support may be necessary. 

Give your freesias a good amount of sunlight, as they love being in full sun. However, it’s okay to plant them somewhere that gets some shade in the mornings, too. Ensure that the soil you choose for your freesias has good drainage. Composting the soil will give your freesias lots of nutrients to grow to their best potential.

While growing, give your freesias enough water to keep their soil moist, but do not overwater! Once well-established, they will only need watering around once a week. Freesias are happiest when grown in USDA zones 9 through 10. 

Gaillardia 

Gaillardia
If you are looking for a great stater flower for your garden, gaillardia is an excellent option.

Scientific name: Gaillardia 

Also known as the blanket flower, gaillardias are short-lived perennials that are bright, cheerful, and easy-to-grow – great for gardeners of any level. They grow fairly quickly and will produce flowers in their first year. These flowers are a delight, producing a gradient of colors that often includes red. They grow 12 to 18 inches tall and spread 12 to 24 inches across.  

Gaillardias bloom best when given full sun. Partial shade in hotter climates is fine too, but they will really flower most proficiently when given ample time to soak up sunlight. You won’t really need special soil for gaillardias, as long as the kind you choose isn’t rich in clay, as this can damage or kill the plant. The only other thing to keep in mind when choosing soil for your gaillardias is to keep it well-draining to prevent rot. When well-established, these flowers can be very resistant to drought. Gaillardias grow best in USDA zones 3 through 10.  

Geranium  

Red Geranium Bush
These plants most commonly bloom red flowers that you’ll see almost year-round.

Scientific name: Pelargonium 

Geraniums are a great plant to have in your garden, particularly because they come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. You will find red among the geraniums quite often, and this often makes for a captivating display, despite them growing fairly low to the ground. They are great for filling up bare spots of your garden that need the extra color; they’re also good for ground cover. There’s a geranium to suit every need your garden may have, so do your research and pick one that’s best for you! 

Most geraniums will be happy to grow in the full sun, or even partial shade. Expect more prolific blooms the more sunlight hours your geraniums get. When given plenty of sun, though, be sure to supplement them with more water to prevent damage to the plant.

Geraniums also aren’t especially picky about the soil they’re planted in. Give them a neutral to alkaline soil pH, and ensure that it is well-drained, and they should be set! Otherwise, water them only when the soil gets very dry. Geraniums grow best in USDA zones 3 through 9, depending on the variety you choose. 

Gerbera Daisy 

Gerbera Daisy
Another beautiful option for both a garden or a vase is the gerbera daisy.

Scientific name: Gerbera 

Gerbera daisies are instantly recognizable for their bright and cheery blooms. Lots of petals frame a large green or black center, making them resemble sunflowers somewhat. They certainly have the same vibrant effect that sunflowers do, too! Gerbera daisies come in a wide range of colors, and will definitely bloom in red as long as you pick up the right variety.  

Give your gerbera daisies lots of sunlight, but do not allow them to be exposed to too much heat. If you live somewhere that gets very hot, provide them with ample shade for part of the day, particularly in the afternoons.

Gerberas love rich soil with good drainage; it’s best to supplement with compost or fertilizer to really encourage blooms. Try to keep the pH level between 5.5 to 6.5, as anything higher than this may cause chlorosis. Give them at least one inch of water per week, and you should be good to go, with lots of flowers through the summer and fall. Gerbera daisies thrive best in USDA zones 8 through 10. 

Gladiolus 

Gladiolus Flowers
The delicate blossoms of a gladiolus bloom red in tall stalks.

Scientific name: Gladiolus 

Gladiolus is a fantastic flower to grow in your garden, coming in plenty of gorgeous shades, including red. They are beautifully ruffled flowers that grow to be quite tall, some 2 to 5 feet high. It may be worth staking these lovely plants to give them the support needed to stand tall and make a statement. They are great attractors of pollinators which makes them great for gardens that need it, or if you want to see more butterflies when the flowers bloom in the midsummer up until frost. 

Gladiolus loves the full sun, so they will really benefit from a very sunny spot in your garden. However, they will still do their best to flower even in partial shade, just bear in mind that it may not be as often or as much.

Gladiolus loves most kinds of soils, provided that it has good drainage. Water them around once a week; you’ll find them to be fairly low-maintenance, making them a great plant for beginner gardeners. They grow best in USDA zones 7 through 10. 

Gloxinia 

Gloxinia Flowers
You can plant these flowers outdoors, but they do well in controlled indoor environments.

Scientific name: Sinningia speciosa 

Gloxinia are fantastic, adorable plants that grow small flowers over a short period of time. Being fast-growing, they can be very rewarding to plant and care for. They’re not hard to grow either, so novice gardeners will definitely enjoy bringing this plant into their garden.

Gloxinia comes in a variety of colors, including shades of red. When planting gloxinia, know that they will never really bloom as proficiently after their first blooming period is done, so you may need to replace them every now and again. 

Gloxinia does not like direct sunlight, which is interesting given that the flowers have such vibrant colors! Instead, give them lots of nice, indirect light to encourage growth. Their soil must be moist throughout the growing and blooming season; give them soil that is slightly acidic, loose, and well-draining. Take care to water only the soil of this plant, as watering the leaves may cause browning. Fertilize as you see fit to see more blooms. Gloxinia grows best in USDA zones 11 to 12. 

Hellebore 

Red Hellebore Lenten Rose
Hellebore flowers can be hard to grow and maintain, but the work is rewarded with beautiful bright blooms.

Scientific name: Helleborus 

The hellebore is an interesting plant, particularly because they were notorious for being quite difficult to grow, and were suited to only the most seasoned of gardeners. However, science has made them more available in varieties that are easy to grow and very rewarding. Hellebores come in a few different colors, including red. The foliage is evergreen and will be lovely to behold no matter the time of year. Hellebores bloom in the springtime and grow to 1 to 2 feet tall, spreading a similar amount wide. 

Give your hellebores partial to full shade, as they do not like direct sunlight. They love rich, well-drained soil; compost and fertilizer are good things to add to the soil mixture. Hellebores like a neutral to alkaline soil pH. 

Take care to water your hellebores sparingly so as to avoid rot. Keep the soil moist while they are growing; hellebores are somewhat drought-tolerant when they have become well-established. Hellebores will grow best in USDA zones 3 through 9, though this will vary by species and variety. 

Hibiscus 

Red Hibiscus
The tropical hibiscus comes in many bright colors, including red.

Scientific name: Hibiscus 

The hibiscus is an iconic flower that reminds almost anyone of the cool breezes of the tropics. They are showy, vibrant, and absolutely wonderful in gardens that need extra color. Hibiscus come in an array of colors, including a few shades of glorious red. They are a great fit for anyone who needs more drama in their landscaping; the shrub grows fast and produces flowers constantly.

When fully mature, hibiscus shrubs grow 4 to 10 feet tall and spread 5 to 8 feet wide. While they enjoy warmer climates, you can have hibiscuses in your garden for at least part of the year, even in more temperate places. 

Colder climates will dictate that your plant receives full sun, and hotter places will mean that you give them partial shade. One good way to determine if your hibiscus shrub is happy is if they are always producing flowers

Give them soil that contains lots of organic matter; compost is a good idea here. Ensure that the soil has good drainage to prevent rot. Hibiscus can be a bit high maintenance when it comes to water needs, so give them water at least once every few days. Very dry and hot places will mean watering your shrub once or even twice daily. Hibiscuses are happiest when grown in USDA zones 9 through 11. 

Hyacinth 

Red Hyacinth
Most commonly seen in purple or blue, hyacinth also comes in a stunning red.

Scientific name: Hyacinthus  

The ever-popular hyacinth is a kind of flower made up of numerous, densely-packed florets and comes in a rainbow of colors, one of which is a kind of deep pink that is an almost crimson red. It is a highly fragrant flower that will easily take root and naturalize in the right spot.

Though it should be noted that the number of florets does decrease over time, the hyacinth can thrive in medium moisture, well-drained soil and can be kept either under the full sun or a slightly shaded area as it helps retain moisture in the soil.  

Hyacinth bulbs need to be planted in about 6-inch deep soil and will grow to around the height of 6 to 10 inches. They will spread out to cover about 4 to 6 inches of an area and will need to be about 5 to 6 inches apart from other flowers. Hyacinths are also winter-hardy plants and grow well in USDA zones 4 to 8. Although it is recommended in warmer climates for the bulbs to be pre-chilled before planting for the best possible results. 

Iris 

Red Iris Flowers
The rich red color of the red iris stays constant in most conditions.

Scientific name: Iris  

Red irises are especially colorfast flowers that stay bright and unfaded even when challenged under the full sun. These six-petaled flowers come in deep, almost-glowing, burgundy red colors and are highlighted by their striking indigo veins and bright yellow beards or base. They can be planted in partial shade, but again, do not wash out and can enjoy the full sun.  

The rhizome of the iris could be planted about half an inch to one inch deep in moderate to low moist soil or bare root at the soil line. It can then grow to be around 34 to 37 inches tall and in similar proximity in width and an expected 4 to 5 flowering stems per iris bulb. Red irises can tolerate drought and thrive in USDA zones 3 to 10. However, for a more reliable chance of reblooming the recommended USDA zones will then be 5 to 10.  

Lily 

Red Lily Blooms
Like many colorful flowers, lilies love full sunlight throughout the day.

Scientific name: Lilium 

Another notable red flower is the universal favorite lily. Lilies are wonderful plants to keep in your garden, giving you gorgeous color and lots of visual interest. They also smell quite sweet and are a great attractor of pollinators. Lillies grow anywhere from 30 to 36 inches tall and spread 8 to 12 inches wide. They bloom from mid to late summer, giving you much to look forward to even though they do not bloom as long as other plants on this list. 

Lilies are fairly easy to grow, though this depends on the cultivar you have. They are a great choice for cut flowers and will do fabulously in almost any floral arrangement.

Give them lots of sunlight to allow for the best blooms, though if you live somewhere especially hot, it will be nice to allow them shade in the afternoons. Use well-drained soil and water them deeply whenever the soil has become very dry. Lilies grow best in USDA zones 3 through 9. 

Marigold 

Red Marigolds
Red is not a highly common color for marigolds, as they more frequently grow in yellow or orange.

Scientific name: Tagetes 

One of the most cheerful and vibrant flowers you can grow in your garden is the lovely marigold. Often coming in shades of yellow and orange (as you could tell by their name), marigolds also bloom in red and will be a fantastic addition to your beds and borders.

They are highly adaptable and do not require much maintenance at all. They are annual plants, so you will need to replant them, but we figure the extra effort is worth seeing these lovely blooms year after year. 

Marigolds thrive in the full sun and are very tolerant to heat. As for soil, you’ll be glad to know that the marigold doesn’t have any particular soil requirements, other than that you water them occasionally during dry seasons. The only other thing to mention regarding the soil they need is to prevent the soil from being too acidic a pH. This provides the best results. Watering well-established plants weekly is enough to ensure they thrive. Marigolds are very easy to please and will grow as a great annual in all USDA zones. 

Mask Flower 

Mask Flowers
These little blossoms add a pop of red color to your landscaping in warmer months.

Scientific name: Alonsoa 

Mask flowers are gorgeous herbaceous annuals that may also grow as perennials in places where the frost doesn’t come. They bloom from early summer up until early fall and will give you lots of rich, red tones to enjoy throughout the season.

The flowers they produce may be small, but have a big impact, so don’t be afraid to plant a lot of them! When fully mature, they reach a height of 24 to 30 inches tall. You may need to stake them to help them grow to their best potential. They are a favorite of many pollinators, too. 

Mask flowers love full sun, though will be happy if planted in a partially shaded area too. They enjoy light, fertile, well-drained soil. A certain pH isn’t really required, but we find that planting them in neutral to slightly alkaline soils gives the best results. This flowering plant will enjoy temperate climates the most where they can grow without fear of excessive heat or frost. They are USDA hardy in zones 9 through 11. 

Montbretia 

Montbretia
These attractive and exceptional flowers attract pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds.

Scientific name: Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora 

Montbretia is a stunning specimen to include in your garden, for its vibrant, scarlet flowers, blooming from mid-summer to mid-fall. They are a favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies, so they’re great to have if you want more pollinators in your garden. They grow anywhere from 1 to 5 feet tall. You can choose to cut branches off the plant to add to wonderful flower arrangements for your home as well. 

These plants thrive in full sun, but will also be amenable to partial shade. They enjoy the summer heat and humidity, and when well-established will become drought tolerant. They enjoy soil that is moderately rich and full of humus, provided that it is kept moist and has good drainage. The Montbretia is also fairly easy to grow, making it a nice option for beginner gardeners who want to grow something special. Montbretia grows best in USDA zones 5 through 10. 

Pentas 

Red Pentas Flowers
The dainty red pentas flower adds an energetic vibe to gardens.

Scientific name: Pentas lanceolata 

Pentas are perennials known for their beautiful, star-shaped flowers that are charming year after year. They come in a wide array of colors, though one of the most stunning is the rich, ruby red they bloom in.

If you’re thinking of growing pentas, then you’ll be happy to know that they are fairly low-maintenance! They are great for beginner gardeners and more experienced ones alike. The shrub grows up to 6 feet tall and will spread 3 feet wide. It grows fairly slow, so take your time with this plant and know that it will reward you with its blooms soon enough. 

Give pentas a lot of sun, since they thrive in the full sunlight and will bloom best when given enough time to soak up some rays. The soil should be well-drained and watered fairly frequently. However, as lovers of the heat, pentas will be drought-tolerant when well-established. Pentas grows best in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11. 

Peony 

Red Peony Flowers
Another incredibly popular flower for bouquets is the full and colorful peony.

Scientific name: Paeonia 

Peonies are wonderfully ruffled and pretty, making them a favorite of gardeners and flower enthusiasts everywhere. While they’re known to come in more delicate shades of pink, peonies can bloom a gorgeous scarlet red, making them a stunning, dramatic addition to your garden. Peonies will bloom in mid to late spring, so be sure to enjoy them while you can. Plant them during their dormant period in the autumn to ensure lots of beautiful blooms once the plant is well-established. 

Peonies are happiest when they grow in the full sun, but will tolerate light shade well, especially if you live in a warmer area. They thrive best in soils that are of a neutral to acidic pH, so try to keep them away from more acidic soil. Good drainage is a must for this plant; this prevents rot. Since peonies love fertile soil, you should use fertilizer or compost to really up the nutrition they receive. Most peonies grow best in USDA zones 3 through 8. 

Petunia 

Petunias in a Basket
Petunias are easy to grow and do well in hanging baskets or in flower beds.

Scientific name: Petunia 

Petunias are delightful flowers that can be grown either as an annual or perennial depending on which zone you live in. They grow quickly and are easy to care for, making them very rewarding to keep in your garden.

These cheerful, red blooms are a great way to add more color to your garden. They are great in beds as well as containers. Petunias also attract hummingbirds and are tolerant to heat and drought. They grow 6 to 12 inches tall and spread 30 to 40 inches wide, which makes them a good choice for ground cover. 

Petunias love the full sun and will bloom the best when given lots of it. However, they are also tolerant of light shade. They enjoy soil that is medium-fertile, rich in humus, and moist; make sure that it drains well to prevent rot. Pruning and deadheading can really help petunias grow their best, so do it every now and again for the best results. Petunias grow best in USDA hardiness zones 2 through 11. 

Poinsettia  

Poinsettia Flower
The most iconic holiday flower is the poinsettia, which grows in a lively red color.

Scientific name: Euphorbia pulcherrima 

The poinsettia is known universally as the Christmas flower, signaling the arrival of the holiday season. These plants grow gorgeous, star-shaped, red flowers that bloom from the winter through the spring. These shrubs grow 3 to 10 feet tall and will spread 3 to 7 feet wide. They are great as houseplants, too, in case you need extra cheer indoors around the holidays. 

Poinsettias are happiest when they can get full sun, but will also thrive well in light shade. They enjoy a neutral-to-alkaline soil pH, in loamy, well-drained soils. Poinsettias are drought-tolerant, though they will still need extra care against pests, and thus require more maintenance.

To keep the flowers as red as possible, it is good to keep houseplants in a dark room after giving them at least half a day of sunlight. Keep them away from artificial light, too.  Poinsettias grow best in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11. 

Poppy 

Field of Poppy Flowers
Red poppies are grown in many gardens and landscapes across the country.

Scientific name: Papaver 

Poppies are among one of the most famous red flowers. They are one of the flowers seen in the West Coast’s rare super bloom and are truly magnificent to behold. Red poppies serve as a symbol of those who have passed on and are worn in remembrance of them. They’re also just very stunning in virtually any garden wherever you need a pop of red. They grow 6 to 12 inches tall and spread 6 to 8 inches wide. Lovers of sun, poppies close up at night, when it rains, and on overcast days. 

Give your poppies plenty of sun to keep them happy. A spot with full sunlight will do best for them. They thrive in sandy soils that are poor to average in quality. Ensure that your poppies are planted in soil with good drainage. They are very resistant to heat and drought and are easy to grow for virtually any gardener out there. These charming flowers are happiest in USDA hardiness zones 8 through 10. 

Prickly Pear 

Prickly Pear Cactus Flowers
This cactus has stunning blooms that grow from the fruit.

Scientific name: Opuntia 

One unique red flower on this list comes from the prickly pear, which is a type of cactus. These plants grow charming flowers that come in shades of orange through red. They love warm regions and are very tolerant of drought. Prickly pears grow up to 15 feet tall, with a 10-foot widespread, so make sure you have room in your garden to accommodate them!  

This plant will be happiest in the full sun, as it is primarily grown in more arid areas. They tolerate many different types of soil as long as it is well-drained. Once it has become well-established, prickly pear does not need much water. You can water them on hotter summer days, but they will be fine without.

Since these plants are so low-maintenance, any gardener can grow them and have a truly stunning desert beauty in their garden. Prickly pears are also free of disease. They grow best in USDA zones 8 through 12. 

Ranunculus 

Red Ranunculus
Another full and vivid flower is the ranunculus, which is a favorite for decorating homes and using in bouquets.

Scientific name: Ranunculus 

The ranunculus is a favorite flower for weddings and for brightening up the home in virtually any place you put them. Also known as Persian buttercups, ranunculi bloom in a wide variety of colors, including red. They grow and spread 1 to 2 feet tall and wide. Plant them in the fall or spring and expect gorgeous flowers in the next spring and summer.  

Give your ranunculus flowers enough sun, at least 6 hours of sunlight is good for them, so full sun spots are ideal. These will give you the best, most vibrant blooms. Ranunculi will enjoy sandy and/or loamy soil with a slightly acidic pH and good drainage.

When planting this flower, give them plenty of water when placing them in the ground. Afterward, do not water until the first signs of growth appear above ground. This will help prevent rot. Ranunculi will enjoy cool weather in the springtime; they grow best in USDA hardiness zones 8 through 10. 

Red Trumpet Creeper 

Red Trumpet Creeper
Though this plant is considered invasive, if proper care is taken, it can be a bright addition to your garden.

Scientific name: Campsis radicans 

While some gardeners may consider the red trumpet creeper to be invasive, we think they are a lovely addition to any garden as long as you put in the work to maintain them. Enough pruning and care can really turn this gorgeous, red-orange blooming vine into a real showstopper in your garden. They are a favorite of hummingbirds and other pollinators, too. Red trumpet creepers will grow from the summer into the fall, giving you a lot of time to enjoy their gorgeous blooms.  

These vines will be happy even in partial shade, as well as full sun. It also adapts to pretty much any kind of soil, though it will prefer the soil to be well-drained. Remember that these vines will need a good bit of support, so give them a place where they can grow freely, such as on a trellis. It may be a good idea to keep the vine away from your home as the root system may damage the structure. Red trumpet creepers are USDA hardy in zones 4 through 9. 

Red Valerian 

Red Valerian
If you need a bush that has red blooms and a lovely scent, the red valerian is for you.

Scientific name: Centranthus ruber 

Red valerian is a fabulous, bushy plant with long blooming seasons, giving you plenty of gorgeous, red flowers throughout the year. They smell wonderful and are quite easy to grow, giving you the incentive to plant them in your garden beyond how beautiful they are. They’re also a favorite of butterflies! Red valerian blooms from early summer through the fall, giving you lots of lush foliage and ruby red flowers to enjoy most of the year. They grow 2 to 3 feet tall and spread 18 to 24 inches wide. 

While they tolerate partial shade, red valerian loves the full sun and will bloom best when given a spot in your garden with lots of sunlight. They enjoy soil of an average richness, and will even prefer that it be somewhat sandy, as long as it is well-drained. They’re even happy to be planted in poor soils, so if you are struggling with soil quality, they may be the plant for you! Red valerian is fairly pest and disease-free, so you will not have to trouble yourself too much with pesticides. This plant grows best in USDA zones 5 through 8. 

Rose 

Red Rose
Red roses are one of the most popular flowers on the planet.

Scientific name: Rosa 

It wouldn’t be a red flower list without mentioning the rose! Roses are among the most popular flowers in the world, so they hardly need an introduction. We all know that these flowers come in gorgeous shades of red. While they are a favorite for bouquets, there are lots of different rose varieties that will be perfect for your garden! While they can be a bit intimidating to grow, there are many different varieties of roses that will suit gardeners of any skill level. 

Some basic care tips are to allow the roses to grow in a site that receives full sun, at least 6 hours a day is recommended for the most prolific blooming. They enjoy soil that is fertile, provided that it is well-drained. It may be a good idea to use your compost to bring out the nutrients that this plant will need.

Throughout the growing season, give your roses at least an inch of water every week. This should be enough to keep them going and growing. You should also prune your rose plants to create the shape you like and encourage more blooms. While it will vary depending on the variety of rose you pick, most roses are happy to grow in USDA zones 3 through 10. 

Royal Poinciana 

Royal Poinciana Flame Tree
The red flame tree is another name for the royal Poinciana for its flame-red flowers.

Scientific name: Delonix regia 

Royal poinciana is an interesting addition to this list, primarily because it is a flowering tree versus a simple plant or shrub. If you want to grow a gorgeous, high-statement plant in your garden, consider this amazing tree that flowers a rich, flaming red. It is also known as the flame tree.

When fully mature, royal poinciana grows 20 to 40 feet tall! When growing this tree, it’s important to keep it away from any structures to allow its roots to develop properly. It spreads between 40 to 60 feet wide, after all, so you will want to keep the structures safe, as well as allow the root system to thrive. 

Flame trees will do best in full sun; allow for at least 6 hours a day for best results. These trees are also happy to be in a myriad of soil conditions, including clay, loam, sand, or gravel-rich soils. Just be sure that the soil used is well-drained.

Water the tree regularly as it grows, throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Mulch it well to keep it safe in the wintertime. Being native to the tropics, flame trees love warm weather. Prune your trees often to allow for a good, strong tree structure. Royal poinciana grows best in USDA zones 9 through 11. 

Salvia 

Red Salvia Flowers
A low-growing option for your garden is the salvia flower, which comes in many bright colors.

Scientific name: Salvia coccinea 

Salvia is a fantastic option for most gardens; you’ll probably know them better as the sage plant. Besides the leaves being a great ingredient for many dishes, these plants grow gorgeous flowers in many hues, including red.

This plant grows 2 to 3 feet tall and will spread 12 to 18 inches wide. In warmer winter climates, you may experience your scarlet salvia plants self-seeding. These plants bloom from summer through fall and are attractive to many different pollinators. 

Salvia will thrive best when given full sun, though they can also tolerate partial shade. They enjoy slightly acidic soil that is fairly fertile, somewhat sandy, well-drained, and either dry or moist. When well-established, salvia is resistant to drought. It is a plant that is easy to grow and will be resistant to pests, disease, and even deer. To propagate, consider using seeds, or the division method. Salvia is happiest when grown in USDA climates 8 through 10. 

Scarlet Bee Balm 

Scarlet Bee Balm
The scarlet bee balm has a wonderfully unique texture that makes a great addition to flower beds.

Scientific name: Monarda didyma 

Scarlet bee balm is an interestingly shaped flower that can bring lots of visual interest and vibrant color into your garden. These flowers will bloom from mid-summer up until early fall, and are a great attractor of pollinators!  These plants will grow 2 to 3 feet tall and will spread around the same amount wide.  

To care for scarlet bee balm, you should give them full sun or partial shade; it will tolerate both. However, living in a warmer area may mean reducing the number of sunlight hours your plant gets. This plant enjoys most soil types but will be happiest in fairly rich soil with a good amount of humus, and proper drainage. Keep the soil moist to allow your scarlet bee balm to thrive.

You can add these flowers to bouquets and other flower arrangements for added interest; the leaves smell amazing and can be used in salads. Scarlet bee balm grows best in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9. 

Spider Lily  

Spider Lily
The long and leggy blooms of the spider lily create a marvelous show.

Scientific name: Lycoris radiata 

In Japanese culture, the red spider lily is a symbol of death and the afterlife. They bloom in the autumn and represent souls crossing over to the next life. While this may seem grim, their gorgeous blooms are a big tourist attraction in the parts of Japan where they do grow, serving as a celebration of life even after it has ended.

Regardless of how you feel about its cultural relevance, there is no denying that these flowers are absolutely stunning, with their complex petals crowning naked stems, serving as a huge burst of color in any garden. They grow 12 to 24 inches tall and spread 12 to 18 inches wide. 

To care for red spider lilies, you should give them partial shade to allow for the best flowering, though they will tolerate full sun as well. They enjoy rich, fertile, medium-moist, well-drained soil. If you live in colder areas, be sure to give them lots of mulching for the winter, to protect their roots and keep them safe. This plant is relatively easy to maintain as it is practically free of diseases and pests. Spider lilies grow best in USDA zones 6 through 10. 

Streptocarpus 

Streptocarpus
These vibrant blossoms do well in gardens or as a houseplant.

Scientific name: Streptocarpus rexii 

Streptocarpus is popular as a house plant, but they are stunning in the garden, too. They are evergreen perennials that are sure to bring a happy, bright pop of magenta-red to your grounds. These flowers grow 10 to 12 inches tall and spread around the same amount wide.  

For their care needs, they are happiest when given lots of bright, filtered light, kept shaded away from the heat of direct sunlight. They enjoy rich, fertile soil that has lots of humus, as long as it is well-drained. Water them regularly, allowing the soil to dry out a bit before each sprinkling. Be careful about watering them, though, since overwatering will cause rot. They will also benefit from a good fertilizer given every 2 weeks.

To promote the most blooms, deadhead these flowers regularly. Streptocarpus is also attractive to a variety of pests, so pesticides may need to be applied to keep your plants safe. Streptocarpus grows best in USDA zones 10 through 11. 

Sunflower 

Red Sunflower
The rich red color of these sunflowers is not as common as the effervescent golden yellow most often seen in gardens.

Scientific name: Helianthus 

Sunflowers are universally renowned for their iconic, cheerful appearance. We know them to have bright, golden petals that splay out like sun rays, thus their wonderfully apt name. But did you know that these tall, delightful flowers also come in a gorgeous, wine red shade? These are great, stunning flowers to include in your garden.

They’re also a great attractor of pollinators, so if you want to see more bees and butterflies, they are a good choice! Sunflowers grow anywhere from 5 to 6 feet tall and spread 1 to 2 feet wide. Staking them will help them grow up strong. 

As their name suggests, sunflowers love the full sun and should be given it to allow for the best blooms. Ensure that they have good wind protection to prevent them from falling over in the breeze. They like medium-fertile soil rich in humus. It should also be moist, but well-drained. Beyond this, sunflowers are fairly low-maintenance and are a good choice for beginner gardeners. Sunflowers are happiest when grown in USDA zones 2 through 11. 

Sweet Pea 

Red Sweet Pea Flowers
These sweetly-scented flowers come in red as well as many other vivid colors.

Scientific name: Lathyrus odoratus 

Sweet peas are favorite flowers not just for their striking beauty, but also because of their wonderful, sweet scent that can perfume pretty much any garden. They come in a myriad of colors, including red, so you have plenty of choices.

They enjoy climates that are mild and cool; this is where they thrive the most, being able to bloom wonderfully from spring to fall. It may not be a good idea to keep sweet peas if you live somewhere overly hot and humid.  

Despite needing a milder climate, sweet peas love the sun and will bloom best when in full sun or partial shade. They love rich, fertile soil, so it may be a good idea to use compost to make them happier. Keep their soil at medium moisture and ensure that it drains well to prevent rot.

To keep the roots cool, you can choose to mulch the plots. They are also a great choice if you want to see more bees and butterflies in your garden. Sweet peas grow best in USDA hardiness zones 2 through 11. 

Tulip 

Red Tulips
Another flower that comes in a large number of colors is the tulip, which also comes in a beautiful red.

Scientific name: Tulipa 

Tulips are one of the world’s favorite flowers, with more than 3,000 varieties to choose from. Regardless of which you choose, you are bound to find some gorgeous, crimson blooms with these flowers.

They’ve come quite a long way from being used as currency, now enjoying a more humble life as an affordable and accessible flower that most anyone can enjoy in their garden. Many tulips grow from 1 to 2 feet tall and spread 3 to 4 inches across.  

To have beautiful blooms in the springtime, plant your tulips while the soil is cool in the fall. Tulips love the full sun and will flower most proficiently in these conditions, though they will also be happy in partial shade as long as you can give them enough sunlight, around 4 to 6 hours is good.

Give them good garden soil with excellent drainage; compost will be of good use here as well. As for watering, the soil does not need to be overly moist. Simply mist your tulips’ soil lightly every now and again to keep them satisfied. Tulips are happiest when grown in USDA zones 3 through 8. 

Verbena  

Red Verbena Flowers
You can enjoy the vibrant blooms of the verbena plant from early summer to the year’s first frost.

Scientific name: Verbena 

Verbena is a stunningly attractive, hardy plant that grows gorgeous red flowers. These are tender perennials that may be grown as annuals in cooler climates. They bloom over a long period of time, from the early summer up until the fall’s first frost.

These flowers are also a great attractor of butterflies, so keep them in mind if you’d like to develop a butterfly garden. Verbena grows anywhere from 6 to 12 inches tall and spreads vigorously over an area that is 18 to 24 inches wide.  

Give them full sun to see them thrive and get the best flower and color payoff. However, keep in mind that they’re also happy in partial shade. They enjoy almost any kind of soil provided that it is well-drained, and they are tolerant of drought as well. As for fertilizer, it may be a good idea to use some of the compost you’ve made to keep these plants happy, though a slow-release fertilizer would do the job as well. Verbena grows best in USDA zones 3 through 11. 

Yarrow 

Yarrow Flowers
Yarrow is an excellent choice for butterfly gardens.

Scientific name: Achillea millefolium 

The wonderfully fragrant, feathery yarrow is a gorgeous plant that grows plenty of dainty flowers that last fairly long. They come in a wide array of colors, including red. These flowers will bloom throughout the late spring and up to the late summer, giving you plenty of time with them. They are easy to care for and are a great choice for novice gardeners. These perennials grow up to 3 feet tall and spread 18 to 24 inches across. 

Yarrow is happiest when you give them full sun; this is where the best coloring is achieved. They can still be happy in partial shade as long as you give them enough time to soak up the rays in the earlier parts of the day. Yarrows like average-quality, dry-to-medium moisture soil, provided that it is well-drained. They are a great way to attract butterflies to your garden, so consider planting them if you want to see more pollinators! Yarrow grows best in USDA hardiness zones 3 through 9. 

Zinnia 

Red Zinnia Flower
Zinnias are another great option as they have a long bloom time and are easy to care for.

Scientific name: Zinnia elegans 

The final flower on our list is the charming, favored zinnia, coming in a wide array of colors including a most stunning red. These flowers bloom for an extended time, gracing your garden with their radiance throughout the summer up until the frost. They are a great choice if you want to attract more butterflies to your garden.

These plants grow around 1 to 3 feet tall and spread anywhere from 6 inches to 2 feet across. They are a great choice for beginner gardeners given how easy it is to grow them and how excellently they bloom. 

Zinnias will enjoy soil that is humusy and evenly moist, provided that it has good drainage. They are heat and drought tolerant and will bloom their happiest in the full sun. They are relatively resistant to disease but try not to overcrowd them to prevent mold and mildew. Zinnias have average water needs so simply water whenever you think their soil has become a bit too dry. Zinnias thrive best in USDA hardiness zones 2 through 11. 

Final Thoughts

We hope that this article on 61 of the best red flowers has given you insight into these striking, spectacular blooms. Red is a highly attractive color that can really bring a ton of life and beauty into your garden. Even if red isn’t your color, you can always add yellow, blue, green, or even black flowers to your garden for a pop of color!

Now that you know how to care for these plants, why not try bringing some onto your grounds and see how much they can change your landscape? If you have any questions you’d like answered, feel free to leave them in the comments below! And if you have your own favorite red flower that we missed, please let us know about it, too! 

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